International Exhibition of Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts, Paris 1925

Modern Decorative and Industrial Arts

April 28, 1925 - October 25, 1925

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Berry at the Exhibition Paris 1925

Architect(s) : Gauchery, Dryer

Between a double row of trees on the Cours la Reine stands a Berrichonne farmhouse, the design of which was entrusted to one of our best decorators, Mr André Burie.

This farmhouse, which had to be fitted into a more than limited space (26 metres * 11 metres), includes
1° The tenant's house;
2° the courtyard ;
3° the sheepfold.

The dwelling house has only a ground floor, raised for hygiene reasons, with a main façade overlooking the courtyard; it comprises a reception room, a common room, a single bedroom, a bathroom, an equipment room containing the engine and a rest area serving as a vestibule. An elegant concrete water tower is located next to the living quarters, protected from contamination.

The sheepfold had to be reduced to a single room, divided into three compartments by movable partitions. A feed room with a masonry area serves as a shop for all appropriate equipment. Finally, a henhouse and a hutch, adjacent to the sheepfold and the feed room, form a small building.

At one corner of the grounds stands a pergola housing specialities from the Berry and Nivernais regions: the renowned confectionery of
Bourges, Nevers, Châteauroux, Saint-Amand, Issoudun, etc.; fine liqueurs from Bourges, Saint-Amand, Ourouërles-Bourdelins; wines from Sancerre, Chavignol, Pouilly, Meneton, Quincy.

The lack of space did not allow for the construction of the farmer's and helpers' residence, the buildings for the farm animals, the barns for the crops, nor the sheds for the agricultural machinery. The manure platform and the slurry pit, which had to be placed at a good distance from the dwelling, could not be accommodated in such a small area either.

On the other hand, the water supply and sewage disposal were provided, as well as a paved external roadway allowing the buildings to be walked along on dry land. Finally, the forthcoming electrification of the countryside made it possible to envisage various domestic applications of electricity.

What we cannot show here, but what everyone can see on the spot, is the modern interior design, created by Mr. Burie with great taste. The huge sideboard, the sturdy chairs and the unpretentious massive table where everyone gathers for meals have nothing to envy to the old rustic furniture of the past.

©La Science et la Vie - 1925